Georgianna Leighton

Georgianna Blanche Leighton

LEE Georgianna Blanche Leighton, 94, formerly of 560 East St. in Lee, passed away Monday at Mt. Greylock Extended care Facility in Pittsfield.Blanche was born in Pawtucket, RI, the daughter of Alfred and Donalda Tetreault St. Lawrence. She was a graduate of Attleboro high school class of 1935, the only one of five siblings who completed high school. Georgianna was able to find employment at the Blumenthal Company where she worked as a Tensile Tester in the Mill's quality control department.

After a year's correspondence during World War II with Navy Officer Lindsay R. Leighton, they met for the first time in early 1945, became engaged after five days and married on April 5th of that same year. They were married for fifty-nine years and settled in Lee in 1962. After retirement the couple traveled extensively around the country, joining friends on long motorcycle trips.

Blanche enjoyed all of the home crafts and was a highly skilled knitter. For years she also knitted cotton bandages for lepers. She loved children and served as a Brownie Leader when they lived in Charlton, MA. She kept both vegetable and flower gardens and loved to keep bouquets of wildflowers in the kitchen. She was an avid reader and correspondent, enjoyed crossword puzzles, games and a heated discussion of politics.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Leighton, a retired professor of economics at Fordham University in New York, N.Y., and currently resides in Shelburne Falls, Mass.; by a son Lindsay Leighton, Jr., professor of Paleontology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta, Canada and by two grandchildren; Christopher and Katherine Norkus.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.Those wishing may make donations to the Salvation Army in care of the Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main Street, Lee, MA 01238. If you would like to leave a message of condolence or share pictures or stories please visit our website at


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 6, 2012